The Sportsman retains top spot at Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs

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The Sportsman retains top spot at Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs

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The Sportsman in Kent has been named the best gastropub in the country at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs for the fourth time.

The Michelin-starred pub in Seasalter, which is run by chef-patron Stephen Harris, retained the number one spot at the awards yesterday (28 January) after wins in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Harris is entirely self-taught and is known for practising terroir cooking, with butter churned in-house and seawater boiled down to make salt.

He took over The Sportsman in 1999 and it has held a Michelin star since 2008. The pub previously topped Restaurant​ magazine’s Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards top 100 list​ in 2016 and 2017.

“There’s something phenomenal happening in gastropubs up and down the country, they are growing and maintaining that growth where chains and other restaurants are failing,” says Nicholas Robinson, Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs editor.

“We see this every year on the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, which provides hundreds of thousands of consumers with an idea of where to dine out wherever they are in the country.”

Tom Kerridge’s The Coach in Marlow came in second place, while the Freemasons at Wiswell in Clitheroe rounded out the top three.

To see the full list 2019 visit​.

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